There are seven of us on the organising committee. We are ably assisted by many festival helpers without whom the event would not happen.
Our wish is to create a festival that we ourselves would like to go to, where we can combine our passion for reading with a great weekend away. We love meeting other book club members and book lovers and comparing notes. We want to meet the writers to hear about their work and to hear about what they like to read. We want to get ideas for reading lists and tips on approaching new material. Most of all we want to celebrate reading.
Mary Kenneally is an accounts administrator and a book club member since 2001.
Mary Donnelly is a Public Health Nurse with a keen interest in development of community based projects and has been a book club member since 2001.
Cathy McDermott has worked in Administration for 10 years with Aer Lingus Roche Ireland, Swartz Pharma and the DAA. She is Executive Co-Ordinator for Chartered Accountants Ireland Midwest Society.
Ann Knox has been involved in facilitating learning for many years at second level, primary level and for the past 10 years in Adult Education.
Catherine O’Hara has 25 years experience in local authority service and in addition to her Tourism role is currently working with the Municipal District of Ennis. An avid reader, she is also a member of a book club.
Liz Culloty (Kelly) has worked as an arts manager and curator for the past 20 years. As well as curator of the Ennis Book Club Festival, she is Director of BEALTAINE and has worked in arts centres, for local authorities and The Arts Council.
Helen Walsh has been County Librarian in Clare since 2009 and she manages Clare County Council's Cultural services which include Libraries, Arts, the County Museum and Archives.